Dee Delaney and Kyle Weaver, two locals who helped The Citadel to a 10-0 start and a second consecutive Southern Conference title this season, are among 10 Bulldogs honored Tuesday with selection to the all-conference teams.
Delaney (Whale Branch) was named a first-team cornerback for the second consecutive year, following up last season’s five interceptions with four more as a junior. Weaver, an offensive lineman from Hilton Head Christian, repeated last year’s second-team selection.
The Citadel (10-1) was given the No. 6 seed and first-round bye in the upcoming FCS playoffs after going unscathed through its schedule of FCS opponents. The Bulldogs’ only loss came last week against North Carolina.
Delaney, an FCS All-American last season, earned SoCon Player of the Week honors after two interceptions in a 19-14 victory over Furman. With 11 interceptions in his college career, he shares sixth place on The Citadel’s all-time list and needs just two more to move into a tie for second.
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Weaver, a senior, has started 36 consecutive games for The Citadel, part of an offensive line that has paved the way for the Bulldogs to lead the conference in eight offensive categories.
The Citadel ranks No. 2 in the nation in rushing average at 358.5 yards per game, with 32 rushing touchdowns that ranks fifth in the nation. The Bulldogs also have given up just two sacks all season, tops in all of Division I.
Bulldogs coach Brent Thompson also was named the league’s top coach, after becoming just the second SoCon coach to win eight conference games in his first season. He’s the first to win the honor in his first year since Paul Johnson in 1997 at Georgia Southern.
In addition, Bulldogs roverback Kailik Williams was named the league’s Defensive Player of the Year, and tackle Isaiah Pinson earned the Jacobs Blocking Trophy as top offensive lineman.